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Hair Raising Paperback – Jul 1 1996

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr (July 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813523125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813523125
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,673,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rooks takes an interesting look at the social and political implications that hair has held for African American women. The six chapters discuss hair and its connection to black pride, race, advertising, gender, and women's magazines. She has used advertisements from different periods to trace representations of hair, which she then analyzes to show the political implications for women. She notes that discussions of hair in a political context have taken place in the mainstream press; however, the similarities and differences between the hair of women from the dominant culture and the hair of women of African American descent have never been fully explored. Rooks digs deep to describe how beauty and culture have politicized African American women and demonstrates that Western definitions of beauty are often not endorsed by African American women. Although Rooks' work is written in an academic style, the content is so compelling, readers will be intrigued by the quotes and footnotes rather than overwhelmed. Lillian Lewis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this book, the author explores the history and politics of hair and beauty culture in African American communities from the nineteenth century to the 1990s.

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I used this book in several college papers I wrote as an undergraduate student, a paper I published on the politics of hair among children of African decent, and I still read it today. Rooks talks about hair and African women in advertising, popular and political culture and she really explains the historical contexts of these hair issues. A great read for any student, and non-student who is interested in diging a little deeper in the hair issues sorrounding African women.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ba4cabc) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa31300) out of 5 stars You'll refer to it over and over again Sept. 27 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I used this book in several college papers I wrote as an undergraduate student, a paper I published on the politics of hair among children of African decent, and I still read it today. Rooks talks about hair and African women in advertising, popular and political culture and she really explains the historical contexts of these hair issues. A great read for any student, and non-student who is interested in diging a little deeper in the hair issues sorrounding African women.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9be67330) out of 5 stars Hair Politics Aug. 26 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Excellent resource for delving into the Politics of black hair in America. From jobs, to advertising, to day to day living hair affects African Americans in ways culturally and historically that many groups never confront. Great resource for women of all races to learn the political truth behind black hair.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb261b0) out of 5 stars Very Personable and Deep Book... Nov. 7 2008
By ~Sunshine~ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think that this was an awsome read. It talks about how African American women relate things with psychology, culture and hair. To me this book was very personal. For many women hair is more than just hair and there are lots of complexities as to why we wear our hair the way we may, or who makes those choices and how society may feel about ourt hair (rather straight or kinky).
HASH(0x9bae8d50) out of 5 stars Not what I had hoped. Feb. 3 2016
By Regijo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It should not take a long time to read a book of this size. And yet it is. The author seems to have lost focus when writing on this particular subject.
It feels like a biography on Madam CJ Walker more than a book on the culture itself. Granted, Madam CJ should be mentioned. However, include the other black entrepreneurs in this field from the same era.
This book reads more like a Masters thesis when the student is defending their work instead of a book on history.
HASH(0x9bae8c6c) out of 5 stars Good read June 15 2013
By Sharon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There is so much discussion about African American Hair. It is good to know more of the history regarding our hair.


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